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Deadlines for Academic Progress

Below are the deadlines for completing your degree requirements in time so that you can participate in the commencement ceremony, get your name printed in the commencement bulletin, and receive your diploma.

If you miss the exam and ETD-approval deadlines, the Graduate School will enroll you in one credit of Start-of-Semester Defense Exception and award your degree or certificate the following semester.

Summer graduates are welcome to participate in the fall commencement ceremony.

2022-23 Deadlines

Fall

  • Apply for degree in HokieSpa: Nov. 1
  • Final Exam: Dec. 16
  • Submit ETD: Jan. 6

Spring

  • Apply for degree in HokieSpa: April 1
  • Final Exam: May 10
  • Submit ETD: May 26

Summer

  • Apply for degree in HokieSpa: Aug. 1
  • Final Exam: Aug. 11
  • Submit ETD: Aug. 25

Deadlines for Participating in Commencement

Fall

  • Apply for degree in HokieSpa: Nov. 1
  • Final Exam: Dec. 9
  • Submit ETD: Jan. 6

Spring

  • Apply for degree in HokieSpa: April 1
  • Final Exam: May 3
  • Submit ETD: May 26

Summer

  • Apply for degree in HokieSpa: Aug. 1
  • Final Exam: Aug. 11
  • Submit ETD: Aug. 25

Deadlines if you choose not to participate in commencement

Fall

  • Apply for degree in HokieSpa: Nov. 1
  • Final Exam: Dec. 16
  • Submit ETD: Jan. 6

Spring

  • Apply for degree in HokieSpa: April 1
  • Final Exam: May 10
  • Submit ETD: May 26

Summer

  • Apply for degree in HokieSpa: Aug. 1
  • Final Exam: Aug. 11
  • Submit ETD: Aug. 25

Fall

  • Apply for certificate conferral: Nov. 1

Spring

  • Apply for degree in HokieSpa: April 1

Summer

  • Apply for degree in HokieSpa: Aug. 1

Participation in Commencement

All graduate degree candidates must confirm their plans to attend Commencement by May 1 for the spring ceremony and December 1 for the fall ceremony. Questions pertaining to eligibility to participate should be directed to the Graduate School at 540-231-8636.

2021-2022 Deadlines

Fall

  • Apply for degree in HokieSpa: Oct. 1
  • Final Exam: Dec. 17
  • Submit ETD: Jan. 7

Spring

  • Apply for degree in HokieSpa: March 1
  • Final Exam: May 11
  • Submit ETD: May 27

Summer

  • Apply for degree in HokieSpa: Aug. 1
  • Final Exam: Aug. 12
  • Submit ETD: Aug. 26

Deadlines for Participating in Commencement

Fall

  • Apply for degree in HokieSpa: Oct. 1
  • Final Exam: Oct. 29
  • Submit ETD: Nov. 12

Spring

  • Apply for degree in HokieSpa: March 1
  • Final Exam: March 24
  • Submit ETD: April 7

Summer

  • Apply for degree in HokieSpa: Aug. 1
  • Final Exam: Aug. 12
  • Submit ETD: Aug. 26

Deadlines if you choose not to participate in commencement

Fall

  • Apply for degree in HokieSpa: Oct. 1
  • Final Exam: Dec. 17
  • Submit ETD: Jan. 7

Spring

  • Apply for degree in HokieSpa: March 1
  • Final Exam: May 11
  • Submit ETD: May 27

Summer

  • Apply for degree in HokieSpa: Aug. 1
  • Final Exam: Aug. 12
  • Submit ETD: Aug. 26

Fall

  • Apply for certificate conferral: Oct. 1

Spring

  • Apply for degree in HokieSpa: March 1

Summer

  • Apply for degree in HokieSpa: Aug. 1